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Flashback: Gay Bob, The World's First Gay Doll

Flashback: Gay Bob, The World's First Gay Doll

Gay Bob here probably did no favors for gay folks when he was released. (My guess is this was from the '70s or early '80s.) First of all, from a marketing perspective, why would "everyone" want a gay doll? I can't even think of too many gay people who would want one. And then lets get to Gay Bob's appearance, which, I guess, distinguishes him as gay. Dishevelled, with too much eyeliner, fake tanner, and wearing an orange man purse murse with a rumpled, clashing plaid shirt and ill-fitting pants — Gay Bob doesn't even fit the stereotype of gay man = well dressed. Supposedly, he was also to help people "come out of the closet." Hell, no one even wants him to come out of the box! Epic fail.

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superjules superjules 7 years
Well I personally love it! Reminds me of a very dear friend. Wish I had one.
CarolHotPink CarolHotPink 7 years
Oh wow, I didnt know that a gay doll was released back in the 70s or 80s, he looks very mascule to me though LOL
tglynn tglynn 7 years
anatomically correct! lol
nicole-gauthier nicole-gauthier 7 years
That Wikipedia link that someone posted points out that Gay Bob is also anatomically correct. Lovely.
Hex Hex 7 years
I don't care what you say the well-dressed gay man is NOT a given and I think this guy lives in my town. No, really! He was sitting on a bench outside the courthouse yesterday.
Schaianne Schaianne 7 years
Wow, I never saw that and I was big into Barbies as a kid. (Gladly, I might add.)
se7a7n7 se7a7n7 7 years
Yea, you can tell it's European by the spelling of "catalogue". Also doing a google search, this doll came out in 1977. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay_Bob
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Wait a minute. Why does Bob's clothing "catologue" get to stay inside the closet?
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 7 years
Based on the graphics/font on the box, this definitely has to be from the 70s.
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 7 years
LOL. The price tag appears to be in pounds, so I'm guessing this was only available in Europe?
GKitty GKitty 7 years
Being from the gay capital of the world WEHO this outfit would have resulted in a homocide...
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Because nothing SCREAMS gay like plaid and puka beads! :bananana: There is only room for ONE queen in this box, bitches!
GKitty GKitty 7 years
I think he was a middle age, interior decorating, QUEEN...The young folks were still hiding out 'til the weekends.
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